Tourist bus park shifted to Sorhakhutte from Kantipath

KATHMANDU: The tourist bus park in Kantipath, located there since the past three decades, has been shifted to Sorhakhutte today.

Parking of tourist buses on Kantipath road — which sees thousands of vehicles plying on a daily basis — has been creating problems in traffic management and hence decision was made to this effect, Chief of Metropolitan Traffic Police Division, Basanta Kumar Pant, said.

More than 100 tourist buses used to leave for Pokhara and Chitwan every morning from Kantipath bus park, providing service to around 3,000 passengers per day.

However, Vice-Chair of Tourist Bus Association of Nepal said that shifting the bus park from Kantipath would create a problem for tourists. "This could also affect the government's goal of bringing in two million tourists in 2020," he said.

The tourist bus entrepreneurs have been striving since long to have a permanent bus park, but to no avail. Meanwhile, they have demanded that the service at Kantipath be continued until a separate and permanent bus park is built.